Dental implants are arguably the best option for replacing missing teeth; implant retained denture teeth look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. They help our patients to overcome some of the physical and social limitations experienced by complete or partial denture wearers. As little as two to four dental implants can anchor your dentures and make you feel healthier, happier and more confident.
After speaking with Gary we talked through what possible options were available to me. He made me feel so comfortable from start to finish and I can’t thank him enough! I no longer feel self-conscious about my smile and I’ve had so many compliments.
Mr W – Crosby
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed into the bone of the jaw and allowed to fuse; this can creates a stable anchor for replacement denture teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Many patients who are missing teeth opt for a conventional bridge which attaches to adjacent teeth. However, this may require cutting down the healthy adjacent teeth to make room to attach a bridge. But this can be destructive and detrimental to the teeth they attach to.
Other people opt for dentures. And although a very versatile option that can be much less damaging to the surrounding teeth than bridges, dentures still allow the gums to continue shrinking over time. The gums and bone will unfortunately shrink gradually over time as soon as a tooth is lost or extracted.
So why implants?
Dental implants overcome each of these issues. There is no damage to any adjacent teeth needed to place an implant, and wherever a dental implant is placed in bone, as long as the implant remains healthy, the bone will remain around the implant preventing the jaws from becoming extremely thin and unsupportive over time.
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth is a potential candidate for dental implants. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, the factor that is to be considered is health, rather than age. Generally, if you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, then you’re healthy enough to receive implants.
Booking a free consultation with Smiles and More can determine whether you are a candidate for treatment.
How long will it take?
Treatment time with implants will vary depending on your particular situation. However, it is now often possible to get well-functioning and aesthetic looking provisional teeth within the day! In some cases, however, it may be necessary to wait up to 3 months after implants before making implant retained teeth in order to obtain an optimal result.
High quality temporary dentures.
When this is the case our patients at Smiles and More will leave the surgery wearing a temporary denture during the healing phase. Ensuring at no time are you left with no teeth or a gap.
How much will it cost?
The cost of dental implants will depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support the replacement teeth of your choice. It is important to remember that you may not need an implant for each missing root.
Additional procedures may be necessary prior to placement of your dental implants to ensure long-term oral health.
Always here to help.
At Smiles and More, we are happy to advise on all solutions, including dental implants, however the fitting of implants will need to be completed by a qualified implant dentist while we focus on creating your bespoke replacement teeth (read more about implant retained dentures here). We can recommend local dental practices around the North West that will assist you if needed.
How do I brush and clean my dental implants?
Regular maintenance of the implants will help to assure the long-term success of your treatment. You will be responsible for daily plaque removal, which can be accomplished through brushing and flossing around your implants along with interdental brush use or water/airflossers. Your implant dentist, dentist or hygienist will show you how to properly care for your implants in the most convenient way for you.
Always think hygiene.
You should visit the your implant dentist and hygienist at least once a year for maintenance appointments, and more frequently should there be any signs of bleeding or inflammation around your implants to prevent complications that could lead to implant failure.